All posts by Ken Poole

President’s Budget Overview for Public Data

On Thursday, March 16th, the Trump Administration released its long awaited first budget proposal. What will this mean for researchers, businesses, and local, state, and federal agencies? APDU Executive Director CEO Ken Poole provides an overview of President Trump’s proposed budget changes related to economic development and federal statistical programs.

  • Provides $1.5 billion, an increase of more than $100 million, for the U.S. Census Bureau to continue preparations for the 2020 Decennial Census. This additional funding prioritizes fundamental investments in information technology and field infrastructure, which would allow the bureau to more effectively administer the 2020 Decennial Census.
  • Consolidates the mission, policy support, and administrative functions of the Economics and Statistics Administration within the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the Department of Commerce’s Office of the Secretary.
  • Reduces funding for USDA’s statistical capabilities, while maintaining core Departmental analytical functions, such as the funding necessary to complete the Census of Agriculture.

APDU Conference: Statistical Agency Leaders to Speak on Future of Public Data

It’s a new day for public data.

A sea change has come to evidence-based policy making. Big, open, transactional data are subsuming reliable, solid, deliberative statistics in the eyes of the media, the public, and in some cases even lawmakers. The challenge for the Federal statistical agencies is to adapt or become irrelevant.

How can this transformation in the way data is gathered, analyzed, synthesized, and disseminated offer opportunities for a new golden age for federal agencies, especially if they remain committed to the value of providing gold standard data for decision making? Join us on September 13-14 at the APDU Annual Conference in Alexandria, VA to get the answers to these questions and more.

The leaders of the nation’s largest statistical agencies—the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the National Center for Health Statistics—are at the center of this transformation. They are seeking out new ways to integrate administrative records to reduce data collection costs. They are conducting analyses to better understand the inherent biases in transactional and web-scraped data.  They are exploring new partnerships with private and philanthropic organizations to help offset the cost of data collection and dissemination. They are exploring new ways to make data available to intermediary data delivery providers as well as data consumers.

At the Conference, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the future of public data from Erica Groshen, Commissioner, Bureau of Labor Statistics; John Thompson, Director, Census Bureau; and Charles Rothwell, Director, National Center for Health Statistics. The Future of Innovation in Public Data panel features these agency leaders in an open-forum discussion about how public data agencies are innovating and what will likely be expected of them in the future. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions of and interact with speakers in a Q and A session at the end of the panel. Be sure to register for the APDU Annual Conference today to take advantage of this opportunity!